14 Incredible Places to Stay for Under $200 a Night That Aren't Boring Hotels

14 Incredible Places to Stay for Under $200 a Night That Aren't Boring Hotels


Looking to get away, but aren't interested in shacking up at a Holiday Inn again? Maybe you're on the hunt for somewhere a little more adventurous and, well, quirky? Look no further. We've scoured the Internet for some of the strangest shelters we've ever seen, some with four walls, and others -- well, with services that certainly don't include turn-down service or pillow mints.

From an old shipping container to a magic school bus (yes, really), here are 14 incredible places to stay on the cheap in the US. You'll never look at traveling the same again. 


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  • The Magic School Bus

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    If you're adventurous and not looking to spend much money, then you need to stay on the One-of-a-Kind Converted Magic School Bus in Monterey Bay, California, which, yes, is a converted short school bus located on a five-acre ranch. Perfect. 

    Rates: Starting at $45/night

  • Mushroom Dome Cabin

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    If you're looking to connect with nature, the Mushroom Dome Cabin in Aptos, California -- aka an adult tree house -- could be perfect for you. The space is described as a "geodesic dome loft & a large deck in the trees" on Airbnb. Beware, though: The Mushroom Dome, which sleeps three, books pretty far in advance.

    Rates: Starting at $115/night

  • House of Mirrors

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    It's no surprise that this house belongs to artists. The Mirrored House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is covered in mirrors on the outside and carries the mirror theme throughout the inside of the home. Here's to hoping you have a good hair day!

    Rates: Starting at $165/night

  • The Sawtooth Hotel

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    Go back (way, waaaaay back) to a time when things where simpler (much simpler) at the Sawtooth Hotel in Stanley, Idaho. The six-room hotel is situated against the backdrop of the Sawtooth mountain range, and it goes without saying that the views are #todiefor. Rooms are furnished with antiques and dinner is served each night starting at 5. 

    Rates: Starting at $70/night

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  • Vintage Trailer Inside a Loft

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    It's traveling in an RV without the, you know, traveling. This Vintage Trailer, which is located inside of a loft in downtown Los Angeles, gives guests the coziness of a trailer, but the comfort of knowing that when they step outside, it won't be raining or buggy.

    Rates: Starting at $85/night 

  • Kealakekua Bay Bali Cottage

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    The Kealakekua Bay Bali Cottage in Captain Cook, Hawaii, isn't called a "hidden jewel" for nothing -- it's perfectly secluded. But even though it's nestled in the trees, guests will still be able to fall asleep listening to the crashing waves. Sounds heavenly. 

    Rates: Starting at $142/night

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  • Charming Mountain Schoolhouse

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    How cute is this?! It's a charming converted One-Room Schoolhouse in the Catskill Mountains in New York. Located on a quiet country road, this is one chic -- and cheap -- schoolhouse that will give you all of the Heidi vibes.

    Rates: Starting at $185/night

  • The Studio Earthship

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    Go off the grid in the Studio Earthship in Taos, New Mexico -- a place where you can have all the modern amenities your heart desires, despite being in the middle of the desert. 

    Rates: Starting at $125/night 

  • The Love Nest

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    The Love Nest in Morongo Valley, California, is a private room with an "extra large deck" located on the Genuine Draft Ranch. Guests can feed and hike with a "variety of animals that are very socialized" -- if that's your thing.

    Rates: Starting at $137/night

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  • Hicksville Trailer Palace

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    Looking to go rustic on your next getaway? How rustic, you ask? The Hicksville Trailer Palace and Artist Retreat in Joshua Tree, California, might be just what you're looking for.

    Guests can choose from a variety of different trailers, such as the The Pee-wee (shown). Why is it called The Pee-wee? Because it's an actual prop from the movie Big Top Pee-wee! Perfect for people who want to get away from it all -- but not too away. Joshua Tree is a few hours from LA. 

    Rates: Starting at $85/night

  • The Dog Bark Park Inn

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    Wanna sleep in the doghouse? Then stay at the Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho. The Dog Bark Park Inn is a bed-and-breakfast inside of the "world's biggest beagle." And yes, the decor inside of the home is all beagle-themed. 

    Rates: Starting at $92/night

  • The Wigwam Motel

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    Guests can stay in one of 19 30-foot-tall teepees made from wood, concrete, and stucco at the Wigwam Motel in Rialto, California, on historic Route 66. The motel, which is very Instagram-worthy, features a kidney-shaped pool, a grass area, and an outdoor barbecue grill. Just the essentials.

    Rates: Starting at $85/night  

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  • The Jailer's Inn


    No one wants to find themselves in a jail cell -- unless said jail cell is equipped with all of the essentials. (And it's only for a night.) Guests at the Jailer's Inn can choose to stay in the jail cell room, which features two original bunks from the prison. Yikes!

    Rates: Starting at $100/night

  • The Shipping Container Home

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    The Shipping Container Home in Livingston, Montana, is also known as the "Little Box on the Prairie." The home is made from two recycled shipping containers and is situated on 10 acres of rolling prairie. Not a bad place to be shipped to.

    Rates: Starting at $170/night 

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